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Mathematics

Subject Leader: Mrs K Sapp
KS3 Leader: Mr S Shah
KS4 Leader: Mr Hill
KS5 Leader: Mrs L Cox

KS4

GCSE Mathematics

Exam Board: OCR
Level: 2

Course Overview

Syllabus: OCR (9-1) Mathematics (from September 2015)
Learners will study topics as described in the appropriate level scheme of work.

Foundation tier- Grades 5 to 1
Higher tier- Grades 9-4

Functional elements of mathematics are assessed through three examination papers each 1 hour and 30 minutes in duration.  Of the three examination papers, two of the papers will be calculator papers.
This qualification in mathematics encourages students to develop confidence in, and a positive attitude towards, mathematics and to recognise the importance of mathematics in their own lives and to society. This qualification prepares students to make informed decisions about the use of technology, the management of money, further learning opportunities and career choices.
The GCSE mathematics curriculum allows learners to:

  • Develop knowledge, skill and understanding of mathematical methods and concepts, including; number, algebra, geometry, measures, statistics, and probability
  • Use their knowledge and understanding to make connections between mathematical concepts.
  • Be able to apply the functional elements of mathematics to solve problems in real-life situations
  • Acquire and use problem-solving strategies
  • Select and apply mathematical techniques and methods in mathematical, every day and real-world situations
  • Reason mathematically, make deductions and inferences and draw conclusions
  • Interpret and communicate mathematical information in a variety of forms appropriate to the information and context.
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Assessment: 100% examination.



GCSE Statistics

Exam Board: Edexcel
Level: 2

Course Overview

Syllabus: Edexcel Linear GCSE in Statistics
Assessed through two written papers

Learners will study topics as described in the appropriate level scheme of work.

Foundation tier- Grades 5 to 1

Higher tier- Grades 9 to 4

Overview of Examination assessment:

Pupils will take two written papers, each lasting 1 hour 30 minutes. Both papers will assess understanding of statistical methods and probability. Pupils will also be expected to analyse statistical tables, written evidence and diagrams.

The skills candidates learn will help them with their GCSE Mathematics. The course will also benefit candidates studying other subjects where data is used heavily, such as science, business and geography.


Assessment: 100% examination (paper 1 50%, paper 2 50%)

 

KS5

A Level Mathematics (Year 12)

Exam Board: Edexcel
Level: 3

Course Overview

The aims and objectives of this qualification are to enable students to:

  • understand mathematics and mathematical processes in a way that promotes confidence, fosters enjoyment and provides a strong foundation for progress to further study
  • extend their range of mathematical skills and techniques
  • apply mathematics in other fields of study and be aware of the relevance of mathematics to the world of work and to situations in society in general
  • use their mathematical knowledge to make logical and reasoned decisions in solving problems both within pure mathematics and in a variety of contexts, and communicate the mathematical rationale for these decisions clearly
  • construct mathematical proofs
  • read and comprehend mathematical arguments, including justifications of methods and formulae, and communicate their understanding
  • use technology such as calculators and computers effectively and recognise when their use may be inappropriate
  • make increasing responsibility for their own learning and the evaluation of their own mathematical development.

The new specification linear course consists of 67% Pure Mathematics and 33% Applied Mathematics. Pure Mathematics topics include – proof, algebra and functions, coordinate geometry in the (x, y) plane, sequences and series, trigonometry, exponentials and logarithms, differentiation, integration, numerical methods and vectors. The Applied Mathematics topics include – statistical sampling, data presentation and interpretation, probability, statistical distributions, statistical hypothesis testing, quantities and units in mechanics, kinematics, forces and Newton’s laws and moments.

Assessment: 100% external examination (Paper 1&2 Pure [67%], Paper 3 Applied [33%]).

 

Curriculum Content


Year 7

Term 1: Algebra and Displaying Data; Numbers - 4 Operations; Geometry
Term 2: Algebra - Real Life Graphs; Numbers - Fractions, Decimals and Percentages; Statistics; Geometry-Volume and Surface Area
Term 3: Algebra - Equations; Geometry - Lines and Angles; Number - Factors and Multiples; Ratio and Proportion
Term 4: Algebra - Straight Line Graphs; Number - Decimals and Rounding; Geometry - Constructions; Statistics
Term 5: Revision; Geometry - Circles and Angles in Parallel Lines; Statistics - Probability; Geometry - Transformations; Practice using a Calculator
Term 6: Everyday maths – tasks involving application of mathematics to real life situations involving problem solving

Year 8

Term 1: Geometry - Area and Volume; Algebra - Real Life Graphs; Numbers - Decimals and Ratio
Term 2: Geometry - Lines and angles; Fractions; Algebra - Graphs; Statistics
Term 3: Number - Ratio and Percentages; Probability; Constructions
Term 4: Number; Geometry - Transformations; Algebra - Sequences
Term 5: Proportion; Statistics; Practice using a calculator; Revision 
Term 6: Everyday mathematics – tasks involving application of mathematics to real life situations involving problem solving skills.

Year 9 (9-11)

Term 1: 2D and 3D Shapes; Fractions and Decimals; Expressions and Formulae; Algebraic Equations
Term 2: Angles; Percentages; Representing Data; Inequalities
Term 3: Estimation and approximation; Theoretical and experimental probability; Ratio and Proportion
Term 4: Functions and Sequences; Transformations; Linear and Quadratic Graphs
Term 5: Angles in polygons; Direct and inverse proportion; Compound Units; Perimeter, area and volume
Term 6: Pythagoras and trigonometry; Circles and cylinders

Year 10

Term 1: 
Foundation:

  • Operations with integers and decimals
  • Standard form
  • Area problems
  • Ratio
  • Statistics – data collection


Higher: 

  • Recurring decimals
  • Standard form
  • Area problems
  • Ratio and proportion
  • (Statistics - Data Collection)

Term 2:
Foundation: 

  • Fractions
  • Algebraic equations
  • Constructions and loci
  • Units of measure
  • Statistics – Population and sampling


Higher:

  • Fractions
  • Algebraic equations
  • Constructions and loci
  • Units of measure
  • Statistics – Population and sampling

Term 3:
Foundation:

  • Accuracy and Bounding
  • Percentages - Growth and Decay
  • Linear and Quadratic Graphs
  • Probability
  • Statistics - Representing and analysing data

Higher:

  • Accuracy and Rounding with Bonds
  • Percentages - Growth and Decay
  • Types of Graph
  • Probability
  • Statistics - Representing and analysing data
     

Term 4:
Foundation: 

  • Statistics - Measures of Dispersion
  • Scatter Graphs and Correlation
  • Bearings
  • Algebraic Formulations


Higher:

  • Statistics - Measures of Dispersion
  • Scatter Graphs and Correlation
  • Bearings
  • Algebraic Formulations

Term 5:
Foundation: 

  • 3D Shapes
  • Sequences
  • Number
  • 3D Pythagoras
  • Statistics - Index Numbers

Higher: 

  • 3D Shapes
  • Sequences
  • Surds
  • 3D Pythagoras
  • Statistics - Index Numbers

Term 6:
Foundation:

  • Revision for Statistics GCSE Examinations
  • Simultaneous Equations

Higher: 

  • Revision for Statistics GCSE Examinations
  • Simultaneous Equations

Year 11

Term 1:
Foundation: 

  • Direct and Inverse proportions
  • Surds
  • Transformations
  • Algebra - Expanding Brackets
  • Algebra - Simultaneous Equations

Higher: 

  • Inverse Proportions
  • Surds
  • Transformations
  • Algebra

Term 2:
Foundation:

  • Statistics -moving averages
  • Ratio
  • Construction and Loci
  • Graphs

Higher: 

  • Statistics
  • Ratio
  • Constructions and Loci
  • Graphs
  • Probability

Term 3:
Foundation:

  • Probability
  • Fractions, Decimals and Percentages
  • Algebra
  • Perimeter and Area
  • Review of various topics taught through the course

Higher: 

  • Real-World Graphs
  • Non-Linear Graphs
  • Transformations
  • Algebraic Manipulation
  • Similar Figures
  • Proofs and Formulae
  • Review of Various Topics taught through the course

Term 4:
Foundation:

  • Pie Charts
  • Volume and Surface Area
  • Algebra
  • Functions and Graphs
  • Vectors
  • Review of Various topics taught through the course


Higher: 

  • Transformation of Graphs
  • Functions
  • Vectors
  • Review of Various topics taught through the course

Term 5:
Foundation:

  • Examination Preparation of May/June Examination

Higher:

  • Examination Preparation of May/June Examination

Term 6: ALL: Revision of all topics in preparation for final examination

 

Sixth Form Provision


GCSE Mathematics (Re-take)

Exam Board: OCR
Level: 2

Course Overview: 
Pupils study a range of topics which include, number, algebra, shape, space and measures and handling data at the Foundation level. Grades awarded are C-G. There are opportunities to take the examination in November or June.  

Assessment: 100% examination.


A-Level Mathematics (Year 12) Edexcel Year 1 

Pure Content Topics

Term 1: Algebra and Functions
Term 2: Straight Line Graphs; Circles; Further Algebra
Term 3: Trigonometry; Binomial Expansion; Differentiation
Term 4: Vectors (2D); Integration
Term 5: Exponentials and Logarithms
Term 6: Mock Exam; Algebraic Methods

Applied Content Topics

Term 1: Mechanics: Modelling and Acceleration
Term 2: Statistics; Data Collection; Measures of Location and Spread; Representation and Interpretation of Data
Term 3: Probability
Term 4: Forces and motion; Statistical Distribution
Term 5: Statistical hypothesis testing; Kinematics (Variable acceleration)
Term 6: Regression, Correlation and hypothsis testing; Moments

A2 Mathematics (Year 13) Year 2

Core Module Topics

Term 1: Algebraic Methods; Functions and Graphs;Sequences;Binomial Theorem
Term 2: Radians; Trigonomic Functions and Modelling; Parametric Equations
Term 3: Differentiation; Integration; Numerical Methods
Term 4: Integration; Vectors; Revision
Term 5: Revision and Practice Papers
 

Statistics Module Topics

Term 1: Regression,correlation and hypothesis testing;Moments; Conditional Probability; Forces and Friction
Term 2: Normal Distribution
Term 3: Projectiles
Term 4: Application of Forces; Further Kinematics
Term 5: Revision and Practice Papers
 

Useful Website Links

BBC Bitesize

Suffolk Maths
 

Suggested Revision Guides and Books:

CGP revision guides and course books available at a discounted rate through department. Please contact Mrs Sapp.

OSL and Extra-Curricular Activities:

Weekly after school sessions will be held every Thursday.  Students are expected to attend.
Saturday / Half term OSL session dates will be confirmed later in the academic year.